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Canadian Environmentalists Protest Their Government’s Attacks Against Activists and NGOs – June 3, 2012

Wide Range of Groups Participating in BlackOutSpeakOut Campaign

A coalition of Canadian environmental groups is turning up the heat on the federal government this coming week to protest what they are calling “unprecedented actions” by government officials to curtail democratic debate and public process regarding Canada’s development of the Alberta tar sands, specifically the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline.

Photo by Flickr usernouspiqueTomorrow, June 4, the BlackOutSpeakOut campaign is calling on Canadians to inundate
government agencies with calls and emails protesting proposed changes to the country’s
environmental laws and the government’s efforts to silence environmentalists.

Tomorrow, June 4, the BlackOutSpeakOut campaign is calling on hundreds of thousands of Canadians to inundate… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Canadian Govt Tries to Crack Down on Canadians and Americans Opposed to Tar Sands Pipeline – February 21, 2012

Government dubs Vancouver group “Enemy of the State” and warns of foreign “radicals”

Andrew Frank is fast becoming a symbol for everything that is wrong with the Canadian federal government when it comes to Enbridge's Northern Gateway pipeline and the supposedly impartial Joint Review Panel that is deciding whether to approve the mammoth, twin pipeline that will transport tar sands petroleum to Asia.  

Photo by Flickr user sbamuellerThe proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would consist of two side-by-side pipes stretching more
than 700 miles from the tar sands of Alberta (pictured above) to the BC coastal town of Kitimat.

Less than a month ago, Frank was working as senior communications manager at Forest Ethics-Canada, based in… more

by: Ron Johnson

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With Keystone XL Delayed, Tar Sands Fight Turns to Enbridge Pipeline – December 5, 2011

Indigenous Groups Organizing to Halt Pipeline through British Columbia

With approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline stalled by the White House, the battle over the expansion of the Alberta tar sands and continuation of the carbon economy has turned to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. Northern Gateway calls for a 1,177-kilometer pipeline to send approximately 550,000 barrels of raw tar sands bitumen a day to a coastal terminus for transportation to markets in Asia and California. The proposed twin pipeline to Kitimat, British Columbia is the primary opportunity for increased tar sands crude production – the second largest crude oil reserve on the planet at approximately 170 billion barrels and the major driver of the Canadian economy.

But… more

by: Ron Johnson

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What Does Canada’s Election Mean for the Fate of the Tar Sands? – May 9, 2011

Conservative Party Takes Control of Government

At first glance, the ‪re-election‬ of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is a serious setback to those on both sides of the border who are battling expansion of the Alberta tar sands and trying, at the very least, to improve environmental standards in what Environmental Defence Canada has called "the most destructive project on earth." Following the federal election on Monday, May 2, Harper was returned to office with the first majority government the country has seen in seven years with 167 seats and more than 40 per cent of the popular vote.

Photo courtesy David Dodge, The Pembina InsititueSyncrude's tar sands processing… more

by: Ron Johnson

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Post-Mortem on G8 and G20: Climate Change Remains a Non-Issue – June 29, 2010


The G20 Summit is almost two years old. And like an infant approaching its terrible twos, the ad hoc gang of developed countries with no real structure or mandate is starting to get out of hand.

Heading into the G8 and G20 summits in Muskoka and Toronto, there were a number of areas where the developed countries had the opportunity to show leadership and initiative, and introduce progressive ideas. The results, to say the least, are mixed.

Following is a breakdown of key climate-related initiatives the world was hoping the summits might tackle, and what actually happened at this… more

by: Ron Johnson

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